As of Saturday morning things were not so hot with my dear friend. However, on Saturday evening I got a phone call from that friend. He called me to tell me was sorry for the ways in which he was derailing the conversation. The stuff I was talking about made him think about very uncomfortable things from his own life and he couldn't handle it and he wanted me to stop talking. He admitted the whole thing top to bottom. I laughed and I cried. I thanked him for trusting me enough to be honest with me completely and totally for the first time in our friendship. Then I bossed him around (see how that works) and I told him to come back over.
Noah, my friend and I sat around and talked about broken dynamics. We talked about where we are reacting to old baggage and where we have created new stuff together. We talked about the parts of our dynamic that are good and healthy for us and we talked about the parts that are not healthy for us. Then we tried to figure out how we can get more of the good and less of the bad because we are ready to grow up. We are ready to stop hurting the people we love so much.
And I can't get very detailed because an awful lot of what we talked about isn't my story.
And Sunday we had brunch with another very long time friend. I like to call him the California Mindfucker because he is very interested in getting into peoples brains and playing with the goo. Not to mention that he was one of my first lovers/play partners in the bdsm scene and he has done a fair bit of fucking with my brain. But the ways he does it are so screamingly over the top weird California new-agey feeling. I love it. Of course we did more spelunking into brains but this time, for the first time ever, I paid attention to his story. That feels horrible to admit. I feel like I should not be the one who "takes" in a given interaction. But I often am, and that feels bad.
But oh man. Since I have started consciously trying to ask for and accept more help I have seen a dramatic increase in the intensity of my friendships in a really wonderful way. I am allowing people to do things for me I've never allowed them to do before. I didn't realize how lonely I have been my entire life. No wonder I pursue sex with such vigor. It's the only time I let myself have a close, mutual relationship. I don't let anyone I am not currently fucking do anything for me and I make those people go through hell before I let them do stuff for me. Instead I set myself up as the victim/martyr with all the need.
Interesting. Enh, sorta. Ok that's hyperbole too. But that's my story about myself sometimes. Anyhow, at this point I am trying to change up how I relate to people I love the most. It's an interesting process because almost all of the people I love the most have some fairly major issues. That's the whole "prickly and difficult" thing. In order for us to get to a place where we know how to be more respectful of one another I have to start to look at my friends more. I have to actually see them in a way I have never looked at them before. I need to figure out where my defensive mechanisms are and actively try to change them.
I'm not really going to be able to go where I originally thought I was going with this post. I got derailed by a wonderful, awesome person. I got to go talk to an old friend and tell her about the highs and lows of our relationship and she gave me feedback on her perspective of them so I could figure out where I end and she begins. And she tolerated a lot of babbling. It was nice. She has been my friend for so very long.
I'm starting to realize that anyone who is in my life at this point is fucking serious about loving me or they wouldn't be in my life. It takes intense effort and tolerance to be my friend. And lots of people do it. No really, lots of people. I am putting out feelers for my birthday party and fixing my house and people are showing up. Not hundreds, but lots. Lots and lots. More than I imagined. I am really lucky. I am really blessed. I want to figure out where I end and they begin. I want to see them more clearly. I want to stop seeing ghosts.
I choose life.